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NGO criticizes movement of troops and disproportionate means in urban centers

The Observatory for Social Cohesion and Justice (OCSJ) criticized this Thursday the “climate of tension” and the “disproportionate movement of troops and military means” in urban centers, considering that the people “just want a fair count of votes”.


For the OCSJ, any result contrary to the popular will expressed at the polls "compromises social peace, democracy, undermines and hinders the opportunity to build a true rule of law and may open a gap for the officialization of a de facto government".

The "de facto governments", says the non-governmental organization, "are not only established through violent coups d'état, but also because of vice or lack of power or even electoral fraud".

In its communiqué regarding the general elections of 24 August, where the Popular Liberation Movement of Angola (MPLA) was declared the winner by the National Electoral Commission (CNE), the observatory notes that "every establishment of illegitimate power translates into a government of fact that".

And "consequently implies the existence of a police state, because inevitably the rules will be violated from their origin and in this way all acts and actions of the government can be considered lacking in legality and legitimacy", he emphasizes.

The OCSJ, coordinated by lawyer Zola Bâmbi, says there are "marked signs of political violence" in Angola, such as "incendiary and intimidating pronouncements made by senior figures in the regime and high-ranking defense and security forces."

In the opinion of this organization, the aforementioned figures "make premonitions of instability and war".

"And even worse is the climate of tension and the movement of troops and disproportionate military resources in urban centers", he points out.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Angola (FAA) determined "combative readiness of its personnel" in this post-election period and national police personnel are also on prevention.

In the main streets and avenues of Luanda, defense and security forces are visible, armed and displaying all military means.

According to the OCSJ, "what is at stake is only the result of a transparent counting of votes and the recognition of victory to the party that may have won the elections in a free, fair and transparent way".

Inexplicably, stresses the organization, "there has been a climate of fear and uncertainty and a deep indignation when there are acts of persecution, arbitrary arrests, illegal arrests and summary judgments with unfounded facts".

The need to recount the votes in the August 24 elections has been defended by competing political parties and by various actors in Angolan civil society.

"No one is interested in the demons of the past war. The voting process took place peacefully, calmly, orderly and without constraint", observes the observatory.

"In this way, the people deserve to be informed of the result that comes from a fair, transparent count and not influenced by outside interests. Well, it's not just the parties that are interested in the results of the polls, but the people who cast their vote by free choice", he points out.

The observatory adds: "It is necessary to renounce any appeal to violence, the imperative is social peace, the interests of the nation and the sovereign people. In this way, electoral legality must be restored to solidify the democratic and lawful state and maintain peace".

Last week, CNE president Manuel Pereira da Silva released the final tabulation minutes of the August 24 general elections, which proclaimed the MPLA and its candidate, João Lourenço, as winners with 51.17 percent of the votes, followed by the National Union for the Total Independence of Angoa (UNITA) with 43.95 percent.

With these results, the MPLA elected 124 deputies and UNITA 90 deputies, almost double the 2017 elections.

The PRS Party and the debuting Humanist Party of Angola (PHA) each elect two deputies.

CASA-CE, the National Patriotic Alliance (APN) and P-Njango did not obtain seats in the National Assembly, which in the 2022-2027 legislature will have 220 deputies.

UNITA together with the Democratic Bloc (BD) filed a contentious electoral appeal with the Constitutional Court pointing out alleged "irregularities in the process", whose ruling was due to be made public on Thursday, when the body did not grant CASA-CE's appeal.

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